Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coming Soon!!!

Hello blog and blog readers. You all seem so foreign to me. I have had so much on my plate lately that this sad little blog has been left to pretty much die and fall off the universe. With that being said, a revamp, name change, new direction is in order. My life has changed so much since starting this blog and I feel that a fresh start is in order to restart actually blogging again. Trying to smooth out a few kinks before setting off on this journey, but look for it coming before the holidays!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brief Break

So there has been a lot going on in our family right now which is resulting in an indefinite break from this blog. Especially seeing as I broke my laptop and won't get me new one until tomorrow. I am hoping this break will be short lived, but my priorities are else where at the moment. See you all soon!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mommy Monday: Weight Loss

With being so busy with kids, school, internship, volunteering, running a household, maintaining a blog and running a business, I don't ever seem to have time. I mean I am researching options for law school, studying for LSATs (well I was at least), applying for an MBA program on top of my JD program, trying to keep up on housework, trying (and failing) to help the hubby with yard work, and make plans to remodel different parts of our house so we can sell soon. How am I ever to have time to workout, meal plan, worry about my weight, etc?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spousal Sunday: Love and Respect

I have been reading the book Love and Respect with Adam. It seriously may be the best book I have ever read. While there are parts that are repetitive, it truly gives some amazing advice on marriage. With the numerous examples of terrible marriages in the world, Adam and I have vowed to take a proactive approach to our own marriage in order to give our children a first hand view of what a marriage should be.

Before anyone thinks that I am claiming we have a perfect marriage, let me just say that a perfect marriage does not exist. There will be fights (and yes we fight and bicker quite a bit), hurtful words said, and expectations not being met.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sold Me Saturday: Bear Cowl

Pinterest has brought me a lot of business. My friends who are on Pinterest will see something then message me to replicate it for them. A few months ago, I got the same picture (that was spread over Pinterest, FB, and I'm sure every other social media outlet) from five different people. When I posted the picture to my FB saying that I had gotten this picture sent to me via text, FB message, etc. five times in less than three days, I had a few people comment on it. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Family Friday: Children's Museum

Back in April, the kids got their first experience at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. I had never been there before (which is somewhat surprising seeing as I have 5 nieces/nephew) and wasn't sure of what to expect.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teach Me Thursday: American Terrorists

The idea of committing heinous and violent crimes in the name of Jesus Christ is something that is both hard to comprehend as well as something that seems all too real in today’s society. From the pro-life to the anti-gay marriage campaigns, God seems to be put as the sole reason people continue to bully and deny legislature passage for those who are “committing unGodly acts.” These movements are among some of the violent and vicious attacks that are made in the name of Jesus Christ. The Phineas Priesthood takes these actions to the extreme. While most protests and campaigns resist violence, the Priests act out in violent and heinous ways in the hopes to create a new nation.

The concept that all started the Phineas Priesthood group’s beliefs, ideals, and motivations to commit their terrorist acts began with a book that was written in 1990 by a white supremacist and Christian Identity follower Richard Kelly Hoskins called Vigilantes of Christendom: The Story of the Phineas Priesthood, (Anti-Defamation League, 2005). The members of the Phineas Priesthood, according to Hoskins, are inspired “by an Old Testament figure Phinehas who, in order to protect the purity of the Israelites and keep them from harm, killed a fellow Israelite that had taken up with a foreign woman,” (Anti-Defamation League, 2005). The Phineas Priests aimed to rid the nation of immorality as well as those who violated Biblical Law. Banks were seen as praising money above all else, while charging interest immorally. They also targeted abortion clinics, murderers, or any other individual or group that they believed to be committing immoral sins or acting in an unGodly way. Phineas Priests have spent their time committing crimes they believe to be against those who have violated Biblical law. “‘God’s Law’ requires them to fight “usury,” (banking and taxation), “adultery” (race mixing), homosexuality, abortion, and Jews in government and commerce. Some of their “required” actions include “plundering” (robbing banks and armored cars, committing fraud and counterfeiting) to undermine the so-called “usury system” and finance a white Christian revolution. They also advocate the bombing of federal buildings and abortion clinics,” (Leader, n.d., para. 3).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIPs Wednesday-Floral Blanket #3

I have gotten so much traffic to this blog and my shop because of the past floral blankets that I have made for others. I completely understand why. There aren't too many pieces that are like this. I know that when I saw a picture that was used for the pattern I fell in love and couldn't wait to make one.

I was contacted through my shop for another custom ordered floral blanket. She has been a pleasure to work with and gave me a pretty stellar color palette to work with. My last client was somewhat difficult with the time frame she wanted it completed in as well as the colors. I was beyond excited to start this blanket.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Toddler Tuesday: POTTY TRAINING!

We have done it! I was skeptical about purchasing an ebook that guaranteed I could have my kids potty trained in 3 days or less, but I did it. And with skepticism and doubt in mind, IT WORKED!!! 3 days! Seriously, we had them completely trained in 3 days!

 I was really worried about ditching diapers. However, with me starting two graduate programs and wanting Nolan to get into preschool, it needed to get done. I wanted to stop having to get diapers for one of the three every other day. While it has not been an accident free month, it was been less accidents than I dealt with while babysitting my friends' kids or my nieces/nephew.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mommy Monday: Life

Life. It is a beautiful thing. It has an amazing way of giving you exactly what you need and want exactly when you need it and especially when you work hard for it. I have created/birthed three little lives. I am living a wonderful life with an amazing man where all our dreams are coming true. There are still so many things I want to be doing and accomplishing. One thing, a successful blog. I have pushed this poor little blog onto my back burner due to the numerous things that have been going on in life. Let's rewind a bit to the beginning of June.

I graduated! I did it! I actually graduated. I started my journey of attending school in February of 2012. I was really nervous having to start from square one. Classes that I had taken at WMU did not transfer due to the fact that I was pursuing a completely different program. So I had to start over. While I was worried it would take me forever to finish, I decided to take a completely full course load in order to finish quicker taking 20, sometimes 21, credit hours a quarter.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mommy Monday: 30 Day Challenge

I am in the process of finding the perfect 30 day workout challenge and healthy eating plan. With the birth of Wyatt, our third little rug rat, weight loss has been near impossible. I feel like I lack energy unless I eat enough. I have been taking different vitamins that have been helping the lack of energy. However, now I want to implement a eating plan that is obtainable as well as something that could be permanent. I have never been a fan of crash dieting or dieting in general. I need something where I can eat well AND lose weight.

So far I have had an easy time finding the workouts that would be obtainable. I am hoping to start my days with yoga sessions in order to help keep me centered and calm. Hopefully that would help with my emotional nature. I would do a bit of cardio after lunch, using either my stationary bike or going for walks with the kids. I would then due some weight training before bed. I feel like this would help with my weight loss, toning my body, as well as give me more energy, make me feel better about myself, and set a good example for my children on how to take care of their bodies.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sold Me Saturday: Baby Booties

In a matter of a week, I had 5 people message me a picture of some booties they found on Pinterest telling me that they either wanted a pair made or they thought that I should make them and sell them. What's funny is that they had been in my Ravelry queue for over a year. I loved them and wanted so badly to make them for Ryenn. However, this was before I knew anything about crochet (something I still say I know nothing about but have successfully completed numerous advanced crochet patterns). So they sat in my queue. And sat and sat.

Until a friend of my mom's asked me to make a pair for a friend of hers. I was super excited to make these finally. Especially seeing as she wasn't being picky about colors or buttons or anything else. So I ordered a really fun yarn from Knit Picks. I decided on Chroma Fingering Yarn from Knit Picks in the Prism colorway. This knit up in such a fun way.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Teach Me Thursday: Comets

I am currently taking an astronomy class as my science elective for school. Let me start by saying that I think general education courses are really a waste of time. As a future lawyer, I do not see charting stars and planets needed in my repertoire of skills. However, it is one of the more interesting choices for my science elective so that is what I chose. And yes, I am a senior in college FINALLY finishing her general education credits (I saved them for last so that I enjoyed school to begin with and would power through the last few classes to get my degree).

Monday, April 28, 2014

All You Need is Love....or Structure

I have contemplated numerous times how to fit all the aspects of my busy life into one blog and how to do so without being a complete and utter mess, as it is now. Like I stated in my last post, I needed to come up with a schedule. That way you readers/followers can anticipate what will come next and may attract more readers. First thing I did was make a list of what my life/my being consists of. Here is said list:
  1. I am a mother
  2. I am a wife
  3. I am a woman
  4. I am a Catholic
  5. I am a student
  6. I am a small business owner
  7. I am a crafter
  8. I run a household
  9. I blog
  10. I am trying to lose weight
  11. I am homeschooling my toddlers through preschool
  12. I am about to start potty training two very stubborn toddlers
  13. I am a plethora of useless information
  14. I enjoy politics/religion/history/law
  15. I am a procrastinator
With this list, I had to come up with a way to juggle all this in 7 days, keep it interesting and possible to follow myself, and I tried to come up with a schedule that would be a fun play one words (or actually letters). I decided to group some of these together. Here are the groupings:
  • 1, 11, and 12
  • 2, 8, and 9
  • 3 and 10
  • 4, 5, 13, and 14
  • 6
  • 7
I then used these groupings to come up with an obtainable schedule. Ready for the final product/schedule? Here is my plan starting May 1st:
  • Mommy Mondays- I will use this day to talk about my weight loss adventures/attempts, fashion (even though I am somewhat lacking a great fashion sense), and my development in my womanly roles.
  • Toddler Tuesdays- I will use this day to update everyone on my progress through homeschooling, potty training, and anything else that my toddlers (or babies) are up to.
  • WIP's Wednesdays- I will use this day to show off my DIY, knitting, and other creative projects.
  • Teach Me Thursday- I will use this day to teach my readers about things I am learning in school, on my job, through reading, or through my Bible study.
  • Family Fridays- I will use this day to share our adventures as a family, what we are planning, and how we are growing as a family. 
  • Sell Me/Sold Me Saturdays- I will use this day to show off products that have been made for customers and things that are new to my shop. 
  • Spousal Sundays- I will use this day to talk about what I am up to as a wife and homemaker, like meal plans, budgeting, and possibly things about the blog itself. I will also talk about my journey to become a Proverbs 31 wife.
Now I need to get on a new name. This blog was started with the thought that I would only want to discuss my business. It has evolved big time since that idea was arrived upon. I now need a name that fits my new blogging style/idea. I am open to suggestions :) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Blog Schedule

I am someone who needs lists, and schedules, and order. While I tend to do everything at the last minute, I still need a ton of order to my chaos.For example, I am that person who has like 4 calendars going. I use my Google calendar, a calendar on the wall (like you can get for free at almost any expo or major event with a ton of vendors), and a calendar/planner book that is in my purse. Why do I need these things? I feel like with one hundred things going on in my life (running a business, school, an internship, coordinating appointments for a family of 5, in charge of the bills, planning parties, etc.) I need reminders in one hundred different places. So why in the world has my blog NEVER had a schedule or plan?!

I was driving to my internship today thinking of the chaos that is my blog. There isn't structure. There isn't a well thought out plan. At times, I enjoy this because I can just sit down and write what I want. At other times, I feel like I don't have a plan and things get forgotten (like did you even know I made Ryenn a dress for Christmas?!). I was trying to think of what my blog could be, where it is now, and how I can still write about ALL the things I like to write about while having order.

Then it hit me. I need to have a day devoted to the different topics I want to talk about. For example, we are starting homeschool preschool soon and I want to document some of the things that work well, things that were less than successful and the progress my littles are making. I also want to talk about my health/fitness progress and adventures, my business products, what I am making for my house/family, what fun things we have done as a family, and even some interesting things I learn (and can teach to others) throughout my internship/school/job/etc. With all that, how is my little blog NOT supposed to seem like chaos?!

The solution? Have a schedule! I have decided to come up with a plan for each day and try my hardest to post everyday (like Teach Me Tuesdays or WIPs Wednesdays)! I am vowing to come to this blog space with more structure and a better plan. I want this to be a vast array of information, but not be a mess. I am going to think about this schedule and what I need it to be/what is attainable, then I will post the plan. Is a name change in the future for Adaly Myles Place?!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

She's ALIVE!!!

I sort of fell off the face of the Earth. Ok, not so much, but if you ONLY follow my blog, you may have questioned if I were still breathing or not. Let me first say that yes I am breathing, but barely. A third child is not something that is a piece of cake (what I originally thought). I thought that because I survived two kids pretty easily, a third would be nothing. This might be the case for most mothers. However, with two toddlers added to the mix, a third child is NOT the easiest thing in the world. Even if you do have the world's most perfect baby, like Wyatt. As of my last post, he has grown so much and is doing so much more (like crawling, but I will update you on him in a later post).

And I mentioned I was interning right? All I can say about my internship is that it has been amazing! Seriously! I never thought in a million years that I would enjoy working for free (ok, working for free doing something other than caring for my children, husband, and home). But I do. I love it. I have been able to work hands on in the court room, with victims, and through a lot of the processes in our legal system on the prosecutor's side. I have learned so much and it makes starting law school this fall that much more exciting.

I have also been super swamped with orders. I have been able to make some adorable things that I had not made yet. And I found it to be so fun. Again, I will touch on these projects in later posts. The past few months (3 to be exact, sorry) have been so busy, so fun, and a lot to catch you up on. I promise not to leave you hanging for another 3 months, unless I really do bite the dust ;)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

FO Girls Love Dinos Too

Brittany, who ordered the R2D2 hats for her boys, also has a daughter. She was somewhat stuck on an idea for her hat. When she mentioned that her daughter was really into dinosaurs all of a sudden, I knew the perfect hat for her. I had run across a dino hat pattern that I wanted to make for Ryenn right before talking with her.

The Drake the Dino hat pattern by Paula M. was a perfect pattern for what she was looking for. It was dino, but done girly. It made it really easy when she loved the colors from the picture I sent AND that I already had those similar colors in my stash. I added dark and light purple spots so they would stand out rather than have them blend in.

This hat was so fun to make. And Ryenn and Brittany's daughter both loved the hat. Needless to say, another dino will be making it's way onto the hook very soon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

R2D2 Times 2

I have a great time making products for people I know. This is especially true when I get to see pictures of their adorable kids wearing them on facebook on a regular basis. Brittany is one of those people. This is the second year that she ordered hats for her kids through me. That, in and of itself, is a huge compliment. Repeat customers are the best! 

Anyway, through me she is able to custom order things that her kids are in to. This year, she decided to have her boys each get R2D2 hats. I found a great pattern for them and was super excited to make them. Nolan is a big fan of Star Wars and it was awesome when he knew that it was R2 before I was even half way through the first hat!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wyatt is 4 Months Old!

Right before Christmas, Wyatt turned 4 months old. What the what?! Wasn't this little dude just born. It's unbelievable the milestones he has hit this past month. It's amazing the things has has done in a few short weeks.

The first big thing he has done was roll over. I was complaining the morning of the 21st that he hadn't rolled over yet. He must have been offended because later that night, he rolled right over. Then he wouldn't stay on his belly. He found the way to avoid tummy time. He also giggled. A full out giggle!!! One of the most amazing sounds for a mother is their child's giggles.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pictures on Display

Last year sometime, I ordered a vinyl decal from Define Your Space Vinyl. It was a very large print measuring 11" X 36". I am a big fan of quotes and words as part of the decor and have always been a fan of vinyl decals on the walls. However, with Adam and I planning on moving sooner rather than later, I didn't want to order a decal and have it be wasted. I decided to try something different with this decal.

I bought a poster sized frame and added the decal to the glass instead of on one of my walls. I then decided to place some of our 4" X 6" pictures that were taken by Tyla on either side of the decal. It turned out better than I could have imagined.

Monday, January 6, 2014

FO Thanksgiving Skirt

When I was shopping for all the fabric for Wyatt's monthly onsies, I fell in love with a fabric that would not work for the onsie project. But I couldn't leave the store without it. I HAD to have it. My kids are obsessed with the "What does the fox say?" song by Ylvis. This fabric had foxes on it. That meant it was coming home with me. Before knowing how much to buy, I had to figure out what to make with it.

After a very short period to think, I decided on a simple circle skirt for Ryenn. I thought it would be perfect paired with her red sweater and black tights to wear on Thanksgiving. It was super easy. So easy in fact that I made it on Thanksgiving morning, about an hour before we had to leave. Everything I did was sewn in straight lines.